Although roasting brings out the flavor of coffee beans, it's a fact that this same flavor begins to diminish as soon as the roasting process is completed. Two recent innovations combat this loss of flavor in roasted beans.
Sirocco Gourmet Coffee System Inc. has introduced a home-size automatic coffee bean roaster, imported from West Germany, along with a line of unroasted coffee beans. Four ounces of the green beans can be roasted at a time, a small enough amount to be used within three to four days, the time recommended by the manufacturer for optimum flavor.
The machine medium roasts beans in five to six minutes; darker and espresso roasts take slightly longer. A glass chamber permits the beans to be observed during roasting. The unit features an automatic cooling cycle to cool the beans at the end of the roasting cycle. It also has a paper filter to collect the chaff released during the roasting process.
A one-time use of the machine yielded promising, if not outstanding, coffee. It was obvious that good results could be achieved with more roasting and grinding experimentation. The unit sells for about $150.